TODAY: Mental Health Month Twitter Storm at 2 pm

Mental Health Month Twitter StormMonday, May 2 2:00-3:00pm ET #MHM2016 #EndStigma

To raise awareness about the need for mental health reform and mark Mental Health Month, Reps. Matsui, Kennedy, Tonko, Loebsack, and Napolitano will be hosting a Twitter Storm today beginning at 2:00pm.

Please join us in spreading the word about the importance of ending stigma, investing in our behavioral health system, and bringing mental health on a level playing field with physical health in our country, so that patients can start receiving the treatment they need and deserve. Use any of the tweets below to help draw attention to the need for behavioral health reform, and let us know if you need any help sharing content. We appreciate your support!

TWEETS:

This #MHM2016 we recommit to a #StigmaFree health system where access to mental health can never be denied without cause.

We don't question or doubt a broken arm diagnosis, why should we treat mental health differently? #MHM2016

Mental health treatment must be available to the millions of Americans battling illness through the entire continuum of care. #MHM2016

During #MHM2016 lets commit to ending a stigma that has left too many suffering from mental illness feeling abandoned and alone.

As communities across US face heartbreak of opioid addiction every day, time is now for comprehensive mental health reform #MHM2016

It's simple: Every American in need should have access to quality, affordable mental health care #MHM2016

This #MHM2016 lets commit to resources for early intervention + prevention + crisis care + treatment & recovery. The whole spectrum counts!

Mental health reform must increase access to services & resources across the entire spectrum of care. #MHM2016

It's time for Congress to bring mental health out of the shadows & make long term investments in care. #MHM2016

This #MHM2016, lets commit to investing in education/training for the behavioral health workforce!

#ACA passage made largest coverage gains for mental health in generation. Time to build on progress & pass comprehensive reform! #MHM2016

Real mental health reform must include a focus on helping those in the addiction and recovery community. #MHM2016

Mental illness is a non-partisan problem and requires a non-partisan solution. #MHM2016

78 Americans die each day from opioid-related overdose. Substance abuse must be addressed in any attempts at mental health reform. #MHM2016

A must read from @FLOTUS this #MHM2016: Let's Change the Conversation Around Mental Health http://huff.to/218MoRz

This #MHM2016, let's work to remove the stigma in seeking treatment for mental illness and work together to help our loved ones in crisis.

1 in 5 young people (20%) have one or more emotional, behavioral or mental health challenge #MHM2016 #EndStigma

Despite high rates of mental illness, 4 out of 5 (80%) of children ages 6-17 do not receive any help #MHM2016 #EndStigma

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 15-25. Suicide Prevention Lifeline: @800273TALK #MHM2016 #EndStigma

Studies show approximately 70% of youth in juvenile justice system meet criteria for at least 1 mental health disorder #MHM2016 #EndStigma

Almost half of all youth receiving mental health services in the US have been diagnosed w/ a co-occurring disorder #MHM2016 #EndStigma

Roughly 50 percent of individuals w/ severe mental disorders are affected by some form of substance abuse or dependence #MHM2016 #EndStigma

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